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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Another lost decade? The role of adult skills in tackling low pay, in-work poverty and Britain’s regional divides

Join IPPR for the launch of the final report of the New Skills at Work programme, a three-year programme supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Speakers will include:

  • Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Higher & Further Education and Skills
  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • Ewart Keep, University of Oxford
  • Clare McNeil, Associate Director, Work and the Welfare State, IPPR
  • Tom Richmond, teacher at St Dominic's Sixth Form College, Harrow 

With wages lower than a decade ago, the UK suffers from a growing challenge of low-pay and in-work poverty. With productivity growth having stagnated, we are falling behind our European partners. Our economy will be transformed in the coming years as a result both of Brexit, and also trends such as rapidly advancing technology and our ageing society. We need a skills system that can both help adults, employers and communities to adapt to these changes, and that helps build an economy that works for everyone.

This event will bring together political leaders and policy makers with key stakeholders, including business, trade unions and civil society. The discussion will focus on the following key questions:

  • With disruptive technology transforming the labour market, what role can our skills system play in supporting employers and adults to adapt?
  • What role should the adult skills play in a modern industrial strategy?
  • How can we narrow the regional and social imbalances in our skills system so that it helps build an economy in which no one and nowhere is left behind?
  • How can we support employers to adapt their business models in order to make better use of skills and to boost productivity?
  • How can we provide learners with the information they need in order to better inform decisions on training?

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